The Congress will contest all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad made this announcement a day after the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party announced their alliance in UP.
“We will fight all the 80 seats. We are fully prepared. And just like the Congress emerged the number one party in UP in 2009 Lok Sabha elections, it will happen again in 2019,” Azad told reporters.
The Congress leader briefed the media after a meeting at the party’s state headquarters at Lucknow.
While announcing the alliance, the SP and BSP, however, said that they would not put up candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, the Lok Sabha constituencies of Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.